Disorderly Conduct Charges in Tampa

Tampa is a popular place to live and visit. Some say that after 5, the city comes alive and for good reason. With Irish pubs, nightclubs, microbreweries, martini bars and some of the finest restaurants in Florida, you don’t have to go far to enjoy a night on the town.

With Tampa’s bustling nightlife, the city has its share of DUI arrests and drunken brawls. It’s not uncommon for us to get calls from people who have been arrested for disorderly conduct after getting into an altercation at a local bar or nightclub, though such altercations can happen almost anywhere where bystanders are present.

Defining Breach of the Peace & Disorderly Conduct

Under Florida law, people are supposed to conduct themselves like calm, respectable adults while out in public. What we say and do in our own homes is our business, but while out, if our behavior is disturbing or upsetting, it can lead to an arrest for disorderly conduct.

Under Sec. 877.03 of the Florida Statutes, a person is guilty of breaching the peace or disorderly conduct when he or she: disrupts the public morals, does something that outrages the sense of public decency, or affects the peace and quiet of those around them.

Additionally, disorderly conduct includes fighting, or engaging in a brawl.

Under Florida law, disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a maximum fine of $500.

Though a disorderly conduct charge may sound minor, it’s not. How would your life be affected by spending two months in jail, or by acquiring a criminal record? Would your job or your family be able to withstand a conviction?

If you’re facing disorderly conduct charge because you were fighting with someone in public, or because you were having fun but witnesses thought you were too loud, you need to contact a Tampa criminal defense attorney from Thomas & Paulk, P.A. to minimize the impact of your arrest!